In an interview with the Chronicle, United’s Lee Charnley has warned fans not to expect any additions to the Newcastle squad in January.

The NUFC Managing Director’s comments strongly suggesting that as far as they are concerned, there is now possibility United will get sucked into a relegation scrap.

newcastle squadThis is despite only two wins in the last twelve competitive matches and the fact that Hull who are currently third bottom, will move to within five points of Newcastle if they beat our lot a week on Saturday.

However, Newcastle have also justified this lack of action to bring in much needed players, by claiming that they already have a full 25 man squad, something that we examine below…

This is the question posed by Mark Douglas of the Chronicle and Lee Charnley’s answer;

(Douglas) What is going to happen in the January Transfer Window?

(Charnley) ‘I saw the stuff that Gary Lineker tweeted saying we are hanging back from appointing a head coach so that we don’t have to sign anyone which isn’t correct. Are we delaying to get through the January window? Absolutely not.

In all honesty, the January window is not one we ever envisaged being particularly active in. That’s partly because of the amount of business we did in the summer but also because January is a difficult market to operate in. There are very few options whereby a club can achieve the quality required and also get value. There is often a reason as to why a player might be available in January.

We were forced to bring players in a couple of years ago in January because of where we were in the league and some of those transactions we brought forward from the following summer at significant cost. As a general principle, January is not an attractive window.

Another important thing to note and something that is often not mentioned, is Premier League teams are only allowed to name 25 players – we are currently at 25′.

The Official Newcastle United 25 Man Squad (* = Home Grown Players) at the start of the season was;

Mehdi Abeid, Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella, Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, Siem De Jong, Facundo Ferreyra, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat, Gabriel Obertan, Emmanuel Riviere, Davide Santon, Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, *Jack Colback, *Paul Dummett, *Sammy Ameobi, *Rob Elliot, *Haris Vuckic, *Tim Krul, *Mike Williamson, *Ryan Taylor, *Steven Taylor

You are only allowed a maximum of 17 players who aren’t classed as ‘Home Grown’ and Newcastle had 16 in their squad at the start of the season with 9 home grown.

In addition clubs can use any number of players who are aged 21 and under, which means Newcastle also have access to;

Aarons, Alnwick, Armstrong, Bigirimana, Campbell, Good, Perez, Satka, Streete and Woodman.

You can then change as many of that 25 man squad as you want in this January window.

For Lee Charnley to give a full 25 man squad as a reason for not bringing in players is surely being economical with the truth.

Steven Taylor is now out for the rest of the season, Facundo Ferreyra is supposedly on his way (or has already gone, who knows?) and if not – then surely it is clear by now he will never play for United and can be dropped from the 25 man squad. Jonas Gutierrez is another who is very likely to be heading off, so that is at least two or three places in the squad that are available. Which is before you even get to the likes of Haris Vuckic who clearly has no future at the club and would be best helped by Newcastle finding him another club to go out on loan to.

The only reason Newcastle will not spend money in this transfer window, even on a loan signing (such as that Southampton’s Eljero Elia who scored both goals against Newcastle…), is because Mike Ashley refuses to fund any transfers unless he has to.

No wonder we are being fed a lot of ‘positive’ propaganda via John Carver about players such as Siem De Jong and Gabriel Obertan on their way back, even though it turns out it will be March before they’re fully fit.

  • bill black

    The only two lines of information every from Ashley are 1. When we know its happen already. 2 is when its a pisss take. This is number 2.

  • A lex

    You have no credibility at all, Charnley. Clearly promoted way beyond his level and a shining example of Ashley’s repeated use of the Dilbert Principle in his appointments.

  • SimonM68

    I seem to recall the Fulwell End always being full too …. any similarities??

  • PhilYare

    I don’t know much about Lee Charnley, but first impressions is that he reads off the same script as llambias

    lies and more lies

  • Paul Patterson

    So am I correct in thinking that by February we will have many spaces left in the squad, due to Ferreyra, Gutierrez not being open for consideration and with the possibility/probability (delete one) of Sissoko, Tiote, Krul and Cisse (or a combination of) being sold, AND the old line of ‘We didn’t have time to get anyone over the line’, then the balance sheet will be looking rosey once again.
    CHARNLEY- WE’VE HEARD IT ALL BEFORE!!!

  • A lex

    Paul Patterson The excuse is beyond laughable and they’re treating us all like idiots. This 25 man squad can be changed around during January anyway. So, if you want a space, then can easily drop Steven Taylor (injury) or Fereya, or whoever.

  • Paul Patterson

    Sadly, the way the club think, ‘dropping’ doesn’t mean they stop paying for them. And there lies the problem. The squad is ‘full’ because they won’t pay for any more players that are going to be kicking their heels or unuseable. Sadly, this has a negative effect on the side and results . .

  • ash1001

    Well after 60 years of Supporting NUFC and paying out thousands that’s it for me, I have simply had enough, its one story after another, which owner would openly say I am not going to sell before the end of season 2015 -16, somewhere along the line Ashley has a master plan, like selling some of his SD shares today.

    It also means that very little if any squad strengthening will take place under the guise of it would not be right to bring in new players at this time, yet with the next breath they are saying that Carr has presented Pardew with players that he did not want to use.

    The truth is no one wants the job under present conditions other than no hoper’s like JC.
    Does this interview mean that the ban on NJC publications is lifted.

    So its so long NUFC thanks for the rubbish memories of 60 years, think I have about 7 or 8 good ones. To the supporters that are going to keep going, you have my sympathy, my thoughts were always ‘next year maybe the year’, but its never been, I wish you all well but here’s one MA sucker that has finally seen the light.

  • Hez

    Just say we are not buying anyone because we are not interested in progress or winning anything and think we are safe, its the lies that’s get to me, must think we are stupid, heard it all before over and over again

  • A lex

    Paul Patterson You’re right, and we know this. Just that Charnley et al thinks we’re all stupid and don’t know these things. Bar stewards, the lot of them.

  • Phildene

    So do we gather from charnleys ramblings that if the squad is ‘full’ at 25 there’ll be no one leaving either such as sissoko or cisse? Plus yes you’ve got to name 25 players to officials but that doesn’t mean you only have to have dead on 25 surely?
    His pathetic ramblings about the January window are a sad excuse and something we already know. Yes charnleys way out of his depth.
    It’s also nice for us to see a comment from someone else who has chucked his season ticket in after many many years as we did the very same thing for the same reasons.

  • Brownale69

    Hear hear me too…….50 years of rubbish apart from KK and Sir Bobby. Ive had enough. We are a laughing stock in the Prem. Anyone that buys into this setup well good luck its just not worth it and to give 1p toward that creep Cashley makes me sick. So much potential wasted upon greed, the traditions and history of our club trampled upon by a tat company brand of Sports direct.

  • vbhgft

    Brownale69 Bye the. Both of you.

    Just one thing. If you’re going to go, do it properly. Don’t come on message boards like this one commenting about a club you no longer support. Cut the umbilical cord for good. Just go. Now.

  • Mal44

    I disagree. When people who have supported the club for 50 and 60 years respectively decide to call it a day I think that they are entitled to tell us why they are doing so and I think many of us want to know about it.

  • Jarra MIck

    The full up rubbish is the same shite that they were feeding us about teams that get to the cups final get relegated. Are these people so thick that they don’t think we have the nous to work it out?

  • ash1001

    vbhgft Brownale69 I never said I would not support them, I still will but not by throwing money at a company (MA & Associates) that do not care about the feelings or the wishes of its customers.